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Nikkor 300mm f2.8 ED IF lens - Part I

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Nikon's 300mm f/2.8s ED-IF Nikkor telephoto lens

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Standard Accessories Supplied: Slip-on leatherette front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Extension lens hood HE-4; Built-in 39mm screw-in filter L37C; Gelatin slip-in filter holder; Heavy-duty case CT-302

Optional Accessories:
39mm screw-in filters; Teleconverter TC-14A; Teleconverter TC-14B; Teleconverter TC-201; Teleconverter TC-301;
Teleconverter TC-16A

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A big piece of glass compared to medium telephoto or lenses with slower lens speed at the same focal length. Surprisingly, the Ai-S version of this lens alone saw there were not less than two updates where the first occurred in 1982 where it was first updated in a Ai-S specification and subsequently followed with another remodeling in 1985. Optically, both versions remained the same optically with a common 8 elements in 6 groups design with the second update providing a permanent protective UV front filter and it has no filter thread. However, despite that, the second version introduced in 1985 has improved the lens closest focusing distance to just 9.8ft (3m) from 13.1 ft (4m) found on earlier versions. Further, an additional reversible stored lens hood which aims to provide extra extension is also provided as standard accessory. The version in 1985 shares a typical modern Nikkor high-end optic exterior appearance, it also uses a metal plate-type to illustrate its lens data instead of having the lens data printed on the ring.

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Taiwanese rock star Wubai with his band "China Blues" at concert, Genting highland Resort, Malaysia. Image courtesy of Mr. MC Lau ® Copyright © 2002 for PIM site Malaysian Internet Resources

For the specific people in specific applications, this lens can be a Indispensable tool. However, for action orientated photographers, this may not be a perfect solution to their entire need as manual focus lens does has its limitation which is beyond doubt no comparison to the AF lens and camera operation in terms of responsiveness - so it should be more logical to reinvest into an AF lens/camera setup. Well, as for photographers who are more inclined towards application such as traveling, nature or leisure and seeking for a good companion lens for longer reach, this lens may well provides an alternative answer especially when it combines with a teleconverter TC-14(A), it is a good 420mm f4.0 and extra long 600mm f/5.6 with TC-300 (TC-301). Further, its 8 elements in 6 group design* with ED glass elements ensures superlative image quality as what a Nikkor lens is famed for.

* (plus dust proof glass plate (UV) built into front)

Credit: All Images of this Nikkor super telephoto lense are contributed by All Images apeared herein this site Copyright © 2004. Mr. Shu also operates an Ebay Store where ocaationally he sells some unique photo products. Please respect the visual property of the owner.

Some Technical Highlights for you to consider: * The premier 300mm lens on the market, offering an extraordinarily large maximum aperture for its focal length. * Large maximum aperture of f/2.8 provides bright and easy-to-focus images in the viewfinder and allows photography in very dim light. * Compressed perspective and extremely shallow depth of field. * Internal Focusing (IF) design permits easy handling and quick, accurate, silky-smooth focusing without any extension in the lens barrel. * Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass insures crisp images free of chromatic aberration. * Focusing ring can be preset so that it will stop at a particular distance setting for rapid refocusing. * Built-in telescopic "bayonet-type" lens hood and 360° rotatable tripod socket collar.

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" .. 300mm mf 2.8. (without tc200)
I had to be very patient but finaly I got it. Using a d2x with mirror lockup.
I was able to shoot a 1/20s f/11.0 800iso.
You should know the d70 gives same quality pictures as d2x (with 300mm)
but with mirror lockup much better results on low shutter speeds.
Image courtesy of Mr. Peter De Boer ® Copyright © 2006

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An oversized HE-4 lens hood can be stored by reversibly mount onto the lens. The lens hood truly serves its purpose with its deep extension which is more than good enough to shield the front lens elements from stray light or even when working in heavily backlit scenes.

Mounting or removal of the Lens To mount, position the lens in the camera's bayonet mount, lining up the aperture index on the lens with the lens mounting index on the camera. Twist the camera body clockwise until it clicks into place. To remove, press the lens release button on the camera and turn the camera body counterclockwise.

Anyway, it will be 'extremely strange' if you claimed you owned, but have problems figuring how to mount or remove this lens onto a Nikon SLR body... best advice, sell it to me, hehe..

Note: When the lens is used with some entry level SLR bodies such as Nikon F-401/N4004*, the camera meter coupling function does not operate and the exposure indicator LEDs do not appear. * The Nikon N4004 is sold exclusively in the U.S.A.

Focusing Turn the focusing ring until the image in the viewfinder appears sharp and crisp. The effective focal length may vary in extreme extreme of temperatures in either heat or cold. To compensate for this, turn the lens focusing ring slightly beyond the OO (infinity) position.

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Preset Focusing When you want to refocus rapidly to a specific object distance, preset the focused distance.

1. Loosen the preset-focus ring lock screw and turn the ring in either direction until it clicks. 2. Turn the focusing ring to set the desired distance. 3. Tighten the preset-focus ring lock screw.

Depth of Field Firstly, Depth of field can be checked with the color-coded depth-of-field indicators engraved on the lens barrel. If your camera has a depth-of-field preview function, it is possible to check the depth of field in the viewfinder by using Depth of Field preview lever on virtually all Nikon manual focus SLR bodies (Other than some entry SLR models). Lastly, you are also refer depth of field by referring to the hard copy
* of the DOF tables that comes with the lens package

Note: Based on my personal experience, it is very much depending on the type of focusing screen that you are using on your camera body, at its maximum aperture activates by the camera's automatic indexing, the blur exhibits in its largest aperture(s) may actually be even more blur in the final exposed image than it can be shown inside the viewfinder. In this case, other than action related photography where you don't have the time to cross check, if depth of field control is critically essential, always use your depth of field preview lever/Button to do a visual check.

Note *: A copy of the table is available only in PDF form (87k) for downloading.

Infrared Photography In infrared photography, it is necessary to make the following adjustments to the focused distance. 1. Focus subject. 2. Reset the focusing ring to align the focused distance with the infrared focusing index; 3. Release the filter holder; 4. Attach the appropriate filter, such as R60, etc., and take the shot.

Filters It is always recommended the use of a filter with this lens at the rear section. The slip-in glass filter holder comes mounted with a Nikon L37C filter or any other filters that come with a 39mm dia. screw-in diameter. A slip-in gelatin filter holder is also supplied with the lens. Changing filter can never be easier, just press and turn the Filter Holder Lock release knob will take the filer out and you can remove and mount a filter by turn and screw-in until it is tighten in place.

Replacing Glass Filters 1. Press down on the glass filter holder knob, and turn counterclockwise until the white line on the knob is at a right angle to the axis of the lens. 2. Pull the holder out.
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3. Unscrew the mounted filter and replace with the filter you want to use. 4. Put the holder back, push down on the knob, and turn clockwise to lock.

Using Gelatin Filter

1. Cut the gelatin filter into a circle of approx. 40mm ( 1.6 in.) in diameter. 2. Open the gelatin filter holder plate by pushing on the latch and lifting up.

3. Insert the gelatin filter into the holder and close the plate. Make sure the filter is unscratched and free from dust and take care that it stays flat. 4. Remove the glass filter holder from the lens and insert the gelatin filter holder.

Using the lens hood (Internal or the extended hood supplied): When shooting in bright sunlight, use the lens hoods to prevent stray light from entering your lens.
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To Use built-in Lens Hood 1. Turn the hood clockwise and pull out as far as it goes. 2. Secure in place by continuing to turn until it locks. To Attach Extension Lens Hood HE-4 1. Loosen the lock screw on the HE-4; 2. Slip the HE-4 onto the front of the built-in hood; 3. Tighten the locking screw.

| NEXT | Part II featuring Filters attachment/removal operations, compatibility chart with various focusing screens of various Nikon SLR models and technical specifications.

Nikkor 300mm f/2.0s EDIF | Nikkor 300mm f/2.8s EDIF | Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 EDIF | Pre-Ai Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ED Preset | Non-Ai Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 Preset | Nikkor 300mm f/4.5s EDIF | Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 EDIF | Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED | Pre-Ai Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED | Nikkor 300mm f/4.5s | Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 | Pre-Ai Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 | Non-Ai Nikkor-H 300mm f/4.5 | Non-Ai Nikkor-P 300mm f/4.5 | Nikon Focusing Unit AU-1 | Original Focusing Unit | Relative: 25cm f/4.0 RF Nikkor-Q

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